Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Napa

February 25th, 2020

As of Monday afternoon, neither coronavirus patient remains at the Queen of the Valley.

“Both patients, who were being monitored at the hospital for the coronavirus, have been treated and transferred” in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said a statement from the hospital.


February 18th, 2020

On Tuesday, February 18th, the coronavirus came to Napa.

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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Microscopic image of the coronavirus.

Currently, there is only one person infected and they are being treated and are under isolation at the Queen of the Valley Hospital. A second patient who is displaying symptoms is also under investigation at the hospital. Neither patient is a resident of Napa County.

Napa County officials said both patients were transported from the Travis Air Force Base in Solano County on Monday after being held under quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

“Our hospital is equipped to handle the virus,” said Amy Herold, M.D., chief medical officer at Queen of the Valley. “Our caregivers are well prepared; they have received training, have practiced for these scenarios and are wearing protective equipment to minimize their risk of exposure.”

Seven of the Diamond Princess passengers who were flown to the Travis AFB were identified as needing testing or hospitalization. Five of the seven patients were sent to hospitals in Solano County, but due to a limited number of isolation beds, the remaining two were transferred to Queen of the Valley.

“There is minimal risk for Napa County residents from the arrival of these two patients at the Queen of the Valley,” said Napa County Public Health Officer Karen Relucio said in a statement. “They are in isolation, and are receiving medical care and undergoing testing.”